Summer is here and promises many warm days. The longer and hotter summer days are great for outdoor activities; all the extra time spent with loved ones at the beach, parks, hiking or biking, perusing local shops, enjoying live music and local events, or simply beating the heat in the comfort of your home is what summer is all about.
On the flip side, there is also the potential for home energy bills to skyrocket during these fun filled warmer months. To ensure you get the most out of your summer, without the added stress of higher energy bills, read some of our need-to-know energy saving tips.
- We all like to be cool and comfortable in our own home. But to reduce costs, experiment with keeping your air conditioning thermostat at the highest tolerable temperature. We recommend around 78 degrees when at home and 85 or higher when gone.
- Make sure inside air vents aren’t blocked by any furniture or objects. Proper air flow will help your system run properly and efficiently.
- Consider having your air conditioner’s filters cleaned or replaced. This will create more efficient operation, especially if it has not been done within the past year or even a couple of months.
- Do you loathe doing the dishes? Well, you may like this one… Running the dishwasher uses less energy, than constantly running the water to hand wash your dishes!
- Laundry can be as much of a pain as dishes. But again in your favor, to keep costs & loads down, wash all clothes in cold water. This prevents colors and dyes from spreading and saves time and money.
- When drying laundry, make sure you do full loads and line dry as many items as possible. Also, be sure to clean out the lint after each load.
- This one may be a no-brainer, but a good reminder. Keep your blinds & windows closed during the day to keep cool air in, and open at night; to take advantage of that no-cost natural, cooler air flow!
- Especially when leaving the house, make sure all appliances and electronics (excluding your refrigerator and freezer) are unplugged; if plugged into a power-strip, turn off when not in use.
- As a general rule of thumb, try and avoid running major appliances between the hours of 2 pm – 8 pm, when outside temperatures are at its peak. Instead, run larger appliances like your dishwasher and dryer at night.
- Lastly, if you have a pool, slowing lower the filtration time incrementally by 30 minutes. Reducing the filtration and pool pump time to around 4-5 hours, with the use of a timer, should yield a reduction in energy costs.
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